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2015 DS 7 new plays

Working Theater Directors Salon

PERFORMANCE: "to serve and protect"

Sunday, March 22 at 7:00pm

The Wild Project
195 East 3rd St


The culmination of the Salon week is the night of brand new plays by some of the hottest playwrights in New York, and all the directors are chosen out of a hat at the Kick-off Party! 

This year's playwrights are: 
Dennis A. Allen IIJ. Julian ChristopherKevin R. FreeMartyna MajokDon Nguyen, Jiehae Park, and Riti Sachdeva.

DENNIS A. ALLEN II was born and raised in Hempstead, New York. His play TheMud is Thicker in Mississippi was a winner at the 35th annual Off Off Broadway Samuel French festival in 2010 directed by Dennis’ frequent collaborator Christopher Burris. He’s been the recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award two years running, and has developed and produced plays with Sanctuary NYC, Variations Theatre Group, The Bowery Poetry Club (Sticky), JACK, Liberation Theatre, National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He has kept up his cutting exploration of racial interaction and black identity in plays like Where the Sun Don’t Shine, a new work inspired by Raisin in the Sun at the Harlem9′s 2013 48 hours in Harlem,MOTHER at the 2013 Fire This Time festival, collaborative writing projects with The American Slavery Project’s 2012 Unheard Voices, 2014 Schomburg Junior Scholars theatrical reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, and The New Black Fest's Hands up: Six Playwrights, Six Testaments. He is a recipient of Atlantic Theater Company's inaugural 2014-15 Launch Commission. Dennis received his MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

J. JULIAN CHRISTOPHER (a.k.a Christopher J. Jimenez) received an MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at the New School (now called The New School for Drama). There he studied acting and appeared in various productions including TBA, Holiday Movies, and The Karaoke Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Julian was awarded The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group Fellowship in 2009. He has become an internationally produced playwright with productions in NYC, Chicago, Montréal, and Melbourne. He has workshopped his plays at LAByrinth Theater, TerraNova Collective, and INTAR. Some of his plays include, Man Boobs, Nico was a Fashion Model, Locust Have No King, and Animals Commit Suicide. He is also the co-producer and co-writer of the hit web series, Bulk-The Series.

KEVIN R. FREE is the 2014 Recipient of the Doric A. Wilson Independent Playwright Award. Full-length plays include Face Value (Henry Street Settlement Playwrights' Project; Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Festival Semifinalist); A Raisin in the Salad; Black Plays for White People (Recipient, New Black Fest Fellowship, 2012; Semi-Finalist, Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference, 2013); The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, or TRIPLE-CONSCIOUSNESS (The Fire This Time Festival, 2013), and Night of the Living N-Word!! (National Black Theatre KSA Reading Series, 2014). His short works have been performed in NYC at JACK, The Bowery Poetry Club, Loft 227, The Moth, The Soundtrack Series, and in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. An accomplished actor, he has narrated over 100 audiobooks, is a recurring voice on the Welcome to Night ValePodcast, and is now appearing as Bellomy in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. Twitter: @kevinrfree

MARTYNA MAJOK was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include Mouse in a Jar, the friendship of her thighs, Petty Harbour, reWilding, Women at the Well, and Ironbound (top ten play for the Kilroys' list). Martyna’s work has been seen and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The John F. Kennedy Center, Satori Group, New York Stage & Film, the claque, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, HERE Arts Center, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Martyna has been awarded The David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, The 2050 Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, The National New Play Network's Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, The Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, a Ragdale residency, The Howard Stein Scholarship for Playwriting, commissions from EST/Sloan Foundation, Walkabout Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre, and publications by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. She has taught playwriting at Wesleyan, The New Haven Co-Op High School, New Jersey Repertory Company, and SUNY Purchase, and assisted Paula Vogel at Yale. She is developing a Slavic folk/gypsy punk musical about Chernobyl with music by Michael McQuilken for The Foundry Theatre. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, The Women's Project Lab, and Ars Nova's Uncharted. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at New Jersey Repertory Company. She lives in New York City.

DON NGUYEN'S full-length plays include RED FLAMBOYANT (2015 GAP Prize Winner - Auora Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, finalist - O'Neill NPC), SOUND (BAPF 2014, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Civilians R&D), THE MAN FROM SAIGON (NYSAF 2012 Founders Award, Naked Angels workshop), THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN (NYSAF reading, 2G Jumpstart Commission, finalist - BAPF). Don is a current member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians inaugural R&D Group, the 52nd Street Project, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. For more information, please visit:

JIEHAE PARK is a writer and actor in NYC. Her play HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO won the Princess Grace Award and Leah Ryan Prize in 2013, and was on the first annual Kilroys List; her work has been developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab (where she is a proud ongoing member). She is a recent Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell fellow, Yaddo resident, and the 2014 facilitator for NYTW's Mind the Gap intergenerational playwriting workshop. Upcoming development: Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane, NYTW, Local Lab 2015. As a performer: NYTW, La Jolla Playhouse, Collection of Shiny Objects, Studio Theatre, Tiny Little Band @ Prelude, REDCAT. BA (theater), Amherst College; MFA (acting), UCSD.

RITI SACHDEVA is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. Her work has been developed by the Women’s Project Theatre Lab, the Public Theater, The Civilians R&D Group, The PlayWrights Center, National New Play Network, and Manhattan Theatre Works (MT Works.) Her play Parts of Parts & Stitches won the Kennedy Center ACTF Quest for Peace award and received it’s world premier in NYC produced by MT Works. Sachdeva’s acting highlights include work with Disney Channel, HBO, MT Works, and midNites cHiLd in NYC, LA, Toronto, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.

Interested in directing one of these plays? 
Join us at the Director's Salon Kick-off Party on Monday, March 9th at 7:00pm RSVP

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Date: 3/22/2015 7:00 PM to 3/22/2015 10:00 PM
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Location: The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, New York 10009

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